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September 30, 2011

Fringe: Episode 4.01

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Neither Here Nor There

We rejoin Fringe a week after Peter was erased from existence (but only sort of, as we find out in this episode), and the effect of his “undoing” is clear to see: Walter is less confident and is in fact terrified of even leaving the lab; Astrid, as a result, is a field agent, acting as Walter’s ears and eyes; and Olivia is completely shut down emotionally, wearing her loneliness like a badge but is awesomely even more kickass. Even Alt-Livia has turned out differently without Peter’s influence – she is cockier than ever, and sort of obnoxious. (Anna Torv kills it in the early scene where the two Olivias argue. You would think they were played by two different actors.)

It seems that Peter built an actual “bridge”, one which occupies a physical space in the hangar where the Machine is stored. (on Liberty Island, right?) People from either universe can meet in the middle, in the hangar, as they work on saving both worlds. Neither side trusts the other. At all.

This episode was intended, I think, to feel like a pilot, with Agent Lincoln Lee sort of playing the Olivia Dunham role from the season 1 pilot episode. There was an awful lot of clunky exposition and some heavy-handed references to “something missing”, but I didn’t really mind at all. I think they did a good job of setting things up, raising many more questions than I had going in:

** It seems that contrary to what the Observers said at the end of last season, Peter actually DID exist, in both worlds. However, in this timeline both Peters died, as they were meant to. I point you to Walter’s line, “People die. It happens. Sometimes they even die twice.” And the Observer December said, “They can never know the boy lived to be a man.” So Walter failed twice to save his son. I’m thinking he did go over to the other side to save Alt-Peter but failed – Peter died either from the disease, or when they fell through the ice in the car crash (that August saved them from in the original timeline).

** Olivia told Lincoln that she checked Walter out of St. Claire’s. How could she? She’s not next of kin. She must have had a relationship of some kind with him. I’m assuming she was still a part of his experiments as a child. Perhaps she stayed in touch with Walter in this timeline? She seems to have a closer bond with him now.

** What is the Amberverse? Is it an entirely new reality? Or is the Amberverse just the “bridge” that Peter built between the red and the blue universes? (I refer to the new opening credits color)

** I am a huge fan of Agent Lincoln Lee. He seems to be meant to be a part of Fringe division – look at the way he just holds that dead bird for Walter, no questions asked. And he’s adorable.

** Speaking of the dead bird, why is Walter trying to re-animate dead flesh? That usually doesn’t work out very well.

** Who do you think is responsible for the new shapeshifters? Was it purely by chance that Lincoln got caught up in the investigation involving them? I think not. I think that the shapeshifters targeted Lincoln’s partner – remember, they were chasing a completely different man across the rooftops. Were the shapeshifters waiting for them once they got inside the warehouse? Why do they need heavy metals? What do the injections achieve?

** I’m pretty sure that ShadowPeter appeared 4 times: 1) Behind Olivia after her early scene with AltLivia; 2) Behind Walter in the lab; 3) In Walter’s mirror (offscreen); and in Walter’s TV. I think he’s only appeared to or near Walter and Olivia because those are the 2 people with whom he has the strongest emotional ties. Remember 6B? To quote myself: It was a deeply romantic episode that put forward the idea that we are connected to the people we love on a sub-atomic level, called a “quantum entanglement” by Walter. That if this connection is strong enough – deep enough – it can either destroy or save the world. Perhaps the quantum entanglement that bonds Peter so strongly to Walter and Olivia is what is preventing him from being completely erased from existence.

I’m so happy Fringe is back. Enjoy the show tonight!

September 28, 2011

A proper Walking Dead S2 trailer, at last.

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I’m not sure why it took me so long to find this – it’s been on YouTube for 2 months – but here it is.  And it looks good.


September 27, 2011

Chatter: Random Babbling

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Has anyone watched last night’s premiere of Terra Nova? What did you think? I haven’t seen it yet and I’m feeling some trepidation after my Twitter feed of TV critics basically tore it apart while it was on. It can’t be THAT bad, can it?

What I did watch last night was the 90 minute season 4 premiere of Sons of Anarchy. It dragged a bit here and there, but overall I was happy. It feels good to have them back on my TV, and so far I like the direction the story is taking. SAMCRO wasted no time getting their hands dirty – I think they were out of prison for a day and half before they took out the Russian gun-runners!

A few thoughts:
Jax has good intentions, but I don’t think he will ever be free of SAMCRO;
Tara is SO much prettier when she smiles;
I’ve always loved the Genna/Unser relationship, and he was breaking my heart last night;
Opie, Donna is spinning in her grave – and please, PLEASE wash your hair;
Love the new US Attorney, Lincoln Potter. He is sort of Lincoln-esque, isn’t he? Ray McKinnon is the actor, and his Reverend Smith storyline was one of my favorite parts of Deadwood’s first season. I look forward to seeing what he does here;
Loved this (Gemma, about Chuckie’s new Hamburger Helper hands): “I bought him fingers. Those shitty little nubs were freakin’ me out.”

And my favorite exchange of the evening, between Gemma and Clay after some post-prison-release nookie:

CLAY: “That was fast.”
GEMMA:”Yeah, that’s ’cause you’re used to speed-banging Juice in dark hallways.”
CLAY: “Don’t turn what Juice and I had into something cheap and tawdry!”
GEMMA (laughing): “I’m sure it was sweet Puerto Rican magic.”

It’s not the guns or the violence or the sex that keeps me coming back to SOA. It’s great character scenes like that.

One final note…As you may have noticed, I don’t watch many comedies. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps I am just weird. Anyway, I’ve decided to break out of my drama-prison and check out a new ABC comedy called Suburgatory. It premieres tomorrow night at 8:30, right before Modern Family, the only comedy that I watch regularly. Weird, huh? What’s piqued my interest is this very positive review by Alan Sepinwall. He says:

…the highest compliment I can pay “Suburgatory” is to say this: it is one of the few comedy pilots I can remember where I laughed more the second time I watched it than the first. The comedy of surprise is (relatively) easy; comedy where you already know what the joke is but find it funny anyway because of the confidence and shape of the delivery is much harder, and much more likely to yield good results in the long term.

It sounds too good to pass up, don’t ya think?

September 26, 2011

The night is dark and full of terrors.

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A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Game of Thrones Season 2 Teaser!

OK, so it’s mostly just poundy drums and someone whispering a single line, but still…Woot!

(The screen grab for the video sort of looks like the Eye of Sauron, doesn’t it?)

Beckett’s New Digs

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: — gina64 @ 5:13 pm

The LA Times has a feature on the new look of Beckett’s loft and how it reflects her state of mind, post-shooting. Whatever. I just want to know one thing: When can I have a loft like that? The stairs in the kitchen? With the cookbooks? I love!

BBCA’s Dramaville I: The Hour

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There’s a part of me that wonders if this show was promoted improperly. And by that, I mean, I’m not sure I just watched the show I thought I was going to be watching. Instead of a one-off Cold War era spy thriller, The Hour was actually season 1 of a period-piece drama set in the world of the early days of the BBC (1950s) that happened to focus on spies and political intrigue. (A second season has been picked up by the BBC). Consequently, the first 3 episodes dragged – I almost gave up on it – as I wished for more thrilling, espionage-y stuff to start happening.

I’m glad I stuck with it. The Hour is a very intelligent drama, the acting is brilliant, and the portrayal of the time period is so nostalgic and inviting that it makes me wish I lived in Britain, at that time, even if it wasn’t the best of days for strong, independent women.

I’m not sure when it will air, but I am looking forward to season 2. I recommend The Hour to anyone who is a fan of intelligent, adult drama, and who has the patience for some slow-moving initial episodes.

September 23, 2011

Just a few more hours…

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Today’s Tweets: Fringe Edition

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Via @JWFRINGEBehind the scenes pictures!

Via @JWFRINGE – Fringe Opening Credits – Friends Style:

Fringe Friday Returns Tonight!

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I had hoped for some clarity after I re-watched the season 3 finale, “The Day We Died”, last night, and while I feel that I may understand the unfolding of events just a little better, I still have no freaking idea why what happened, happened. Or where the hell this story is going.

I do, however, know that I love love LOVE this show, and it felt so good to be watching it again last night. That despite all of the wormholes and doomsday machines and time travel and science-speak – all things that I am a fan of, don’t get me wrong – at its heart Fringe is a well-constructed, skillfully executed character piece. That no matter what whacky plot development they throw at us next I know that it will exist to serve the characters that we know and love so well. I cannot wait to see where this is heading.

Random observations/questions/quotes from TDWD:

~ Why was Peter’s consciousness sent to the future? Before sending the Machine in pieces to the past, FutureWalter somehow rigs it so that when PastPeter steps into it, his consciousness gets transported to the future where he will see the consequences of that act and therefore not use the Machine. Right?

~ Did that future suck, or what? Did FutureWalter suffer a stroke at some point? What happened on “the Detroit trip” with FuturePeter and FutureBroyles? Why does FB have a white eye? Do any of the answers matter now, if Peter has “served his purpose”?

~ The scene where FutureWalternate (they really make this show hard to recap!) shoots and kills FutureOlivia is no less of a gut-punch on a re-watch. It’s not only seeing Olivia die – it’s seeing Walter do it.

~ When FW explains to FP how he can travel through time and make a different choice that will save both worlds, he touches FP’s face and says, “There’s no telling what the cost might be.” Do you think FW suspected that Peter’s very existence was at stake?

Sometimes I feel like a crazy person when I go back and read what I wrote. Enjoy the show tonight and come back for the recap!

September 22, 2011

Happy 7th Anniversary, LOST

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